Fox Developing Topical Cop Shooting Event Series Starring Sanaa Lathan

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FoxFox has put into development an untitled event series starring Sanna Lathan (Boss) which will be topical in its focus and depict the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee.

Lathan, who is perhaps best known to international TV audiences for playing Mona Fredricks on the Starz political drama Boss, has been set as the lead in the project. She will play an expert investigator who digs into the case, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such a volatile case, as they seek justice before the divided town erupts in a race war.

Sanaa LathanThe untitled-drama is being penned by Gina Prince-Bythewood & Reggie Rock Bythewood and is set up at 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television. Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood will also serve as executive producers on the event series alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. The pilot script has already been turned into the network, who have been developing the project for quite some time. Fox has now ordered a series bible, with the intention to got straight-to-series once it is delivered.

Every since entering the space a couple of years ago when they opened their long-form division, Fox has been fairly cautious when it comes to event series. Of the dozen or so projects that went into development, only one has actually gone to series thus far, with that project being Wayward Pines. Other event series have come out of a push at 20th Century Fox Television to revive established properties such as 24, The X-Files and Prison Break. Notably, one event series developed at Fox moved to FX and became American Crime Story.